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Penguins Agree to Terms with Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with defenseman Robert Bortuzzo on a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal runs through the 2014-15 campaign, and has an average annual value of $600,000.

Bortuzzo, 24, is coming off his first full NHL season in 2012-13, tallying two goals, two assists, four points and a plus-3 rating in 15 regular-season games. He scored his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils and Martin Brodeur on Feb. 2 at CONSOL Energy Center.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Bortuzzo also suited up for 31 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in ’12-13, amassing four points (1G-3A). He was a key figure in WBS allowing the fewest goals in the AHL for the second time in three years.

A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bortuzzo has appeared in 21 career NHL games with Pittsburgh over the previous two seasons, totaling four points (2G-2A) and a plus-4 rating.

Bortuzzo has played four seasons in the AHL with WBS, collecting 54 points (10G-44A) and a plus-54 rating in 236 career regular-season games. He has added two assists in 28 career AHL playoff games.

Bortuzzo, who was drafted by the Penguins in the third round (78th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, had his best season with WBS in ’10-11, registering career highs in goals (4), assists (22), points (26) and rating (+28) in 79 games. That season he helped WBS surrender the fewest goals in the entire AHL (183).

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